GURGAON: The city will have a dedicated bus connection with Delhi Metro’s blue line from Monday.
Haryana Roadways on Friday commissioned two new feeder bus routes. One will link the city’s commercial hub of Udyog Vihar to Dwarka Sector 21 Metro station. The other will connect Udyog Vihar to Rapid Metro at Moulsari Avenue.
The buses will ply at an interval of 12 to 15 minutes and reduce commuting time from offices and industrial units in the area to Delhi and Sikanderpur. The benefits of increased connectivity are already visible. On only its second day of full-fledged operations, Rapid Metro’s commuter count rose by 5,000 from Day One to 15,000.
The feeder service will have a fleet of AC and non-AC buses that will provide seamless connectivity between the two Metro networks, too. Rapid Metro does have an interface with Delhi Metro, but with the yellow line that takes Gurgaonites to Rajiv Chowk. Blue line commuters need to change trains there.
Haryana Roadways said the frequency of the feeder buses will increase depending on the passenger load. “We are willing to support the cause of active commuting and help the IT-BPO industry solve the last-mile connectivity issue. Our good quality air-conditioned buses will run on high frequency to enable corporate employees reach their office in time and comfortably. We will increase the frequency depending on the response we receive,” said Yeshender Singh, general manager of Haryana Roadways.
Nitin Seth, Chair, NASSCOM Regional Council for Haryana and Country Head Fidelity Worldwide Investments, said, “We are really encouraged to see this development and it coincides with the launch of Rapid Metro. Use of public transport is good for environment and overall health of our employees. Most global cities have a promising transport system. We intend to have something similar for Gurgaon.”
Depending on the success of these two routes, other locations in Gurgaon will also have similar feeder buses to fix the last-mile connectivity problem. “Gurgaon employs about 3 lakh people in the IT-BPM industry, a force that can be utilized to bring about a positive change in the mindset towards use of public transport. We are seeing many senior industry leaders who have either started to cycle or use the Metro. This is a very positive sign and we intend to keep the momentum going,” Seth said.